shoman70 wrote:my stove will be on the main floor in my living room, i have a 2 story colonial house.i wish i had ducts then i wouldnt have this problem heating the entire house. so it sounds like you have a ranch home? so it sounds like if you dont have just 1 floor to heat or a completely open floor plan a coal stove will not heat the 2nd floor to much.
Good points about distribution of heat, I tend to agree that if you have a functioning coal stove in place try it first as a learning tool (most people don't have that luxury). In terms of distribution of heat... clearly the living room and the room directly over the living room will see most the heat and depending on your floor plan & stairway will dictate how your going to accomplish even heat distribution the easiest, cheapest and least invasive way possible... some of the options would be as follows and other members will surly add to these for you
#1 install louvered grates in the ceiling of the first floor/floor of the second floor.
#2 purchase some "doorway fans"
#3 ceiling fans are good for summer & winter (most people only think of them for summer)
#4 stove blower option if available (if not then depending on hearth/fireplace/etc. you can make your own to serve the same purpose)
#5 opening the stairway by using a kneewall if your stairway is a closed off one (as most pre-1970 colonials are)
others can add some more ideas for you, I have to fly